Posted by C2FThom at edutopia.mpsaz.org on January 16, 2004 at 12:35:41:
In Reply to: Arizona is too hot. posted by Übermenschİ on January 16, 2004 at 12:16:02:
: Do you know what intelligence is? At its simplest, intelligence is the ability to see a pattern. I can guarantee you that lawyers and business, in general, couldn't hold a candle to a science professional.
I disagree wholeheartedly. Are you saying a successful lawyer doesn't recognize patterns in the emotional response of witnesses and jury members and so forth? Or that businessmen can't see what combination of variables will maximize revenue or lead to a profitable business merger?
For that matter, do you not believe that successful military leaders are successful in large part because they have a grasp for successful battle and espionage tactics? Obviously, combat relies heavily upon pattern recognition, and may perhaps require it moreso than a hard science, because variables are macroscopic and unpredictable. And I think we know which political lean military leaders hold. Even Clark has fully admitted that he would've entered politics as a Republican had he been given the time of day by Bush's staff.
: Secondly, intellect has quite an effect on "personality and career interest". The fundamental nature of science to derive the mechanisms of the universe and the most intelligent people have an insatiable curiosity to understand, "Why?". Law and business do not provide answers, they provide (necessary) services.
: : 1) PhD's and MD's hold predominatnly liberal views.
: Quick Google search yielded me nothing but anecdotally, I have yet to meet a conservative with a (scientific) doctorate. Surely they exist but are certainly the distinct minority.
: : 2) PhD's and MD's are necessarily the most intelligent people in the world.
: I'm saying that only the most intelligent people can become doctors, not that the degree makes them intelligent. The degree is an indicator. Also, I'm not saying that all doctors are smarter than all lawyers and buinessmen, I'm saying that the average doctor is brighter than the average lawyer or businessman.
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